Council for Academic Leadership
The Council of Academic Leadership (CAL), which was re-established in May of 2011, has quickly become an integral part of the Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies by providing a strong forum for the sharing of instructional programs and practices among member school districts. CAL is comprised primarily of curriculum and instruction leaders from the three Metropolitan Detroit counties, but also includes members from outstate school districts, Wayne State and Oakland Universities.
The Council of Academic Leadership serves as a clearinghouse for current instructional practices of member districts while also identifying needed in-service activities not currently offered through other agencies. The Council, recognizing that new educational practices being investigated for consideration and possible implementation face the constraints of a tight budget, assists member districts by showcasing presentations from only those educational leaders who have demonstrated success and have presented topics that are relevant, innovative, but most of all economically feasible to replicate.
CAL meets monthly to share common curriculum/assessment concerns and to seek ideas and solutions to benefit all students within our member districts. Each meeting begins with a guest presenter or a panel discussion of a relevant educational topic. Meetings regularly include presentations from K-12 teachers and university faculty that focus on innovative instructional practices and the use of technology in the classroom. These interactive presentations include active and spirited dialogue among CAL members and guests. CAL meetings conclude with a round robin sharing on each member district’s current status update as it relates to instruction and curriculum. The meetings are open to curriculum, instruction and technology leaders from member districts.
The Council also keeps current with political and legal issues impacting instruction and curriculum matters by inviting national, state and local instructional leaders who are knowledgeable and actively involved in those areas that impact our member districts.
Finally, The Council of Academic Leadership serves at the pleasure of its member Metro Bureau Districts and, as a result, will reflect only those ideas, values and practices that are in their best interests.
May 15, 2020
Meeting Topic: Social Studies
Mr. David Hales, Wayne RESA Social Studies Consultant, on the Social Studies Framework
October 25, 2019
Meeting Topic: Personal Curriculum
What if the Graduation Requirements Do Not Make Sense for Some Students - Wayne Council of Academic Leadership
May 24, 2019
Alternative School Models presentation
Marie Schluter, Alternative Education Director for Redford Union Schools, shared how her District is “morphing” their alternative programming to include a blended learning model, an alternative high school, and a restorative program for temporary support upon suspension or expulsion.
April 26, 2019
Presentation on Health Curriculum and Instruction, the MI Model, and the emotional learning emphasis at the elementary level (Resources shared at the meeting) by Christina Harvey, MPH, Health Consultant, School Climate and Culture Unit, District and School Services, Oakland Schools.
March 22, 2019
Taylor School District's Road to Instructional Coaching
February 22, 2019
A presentation on how Munetrix works to assist in fulfilling the student data piece in the teacher evaluation model by Rebecca Caldwell, Munetrix consultant. Specific advance questions asked were: How does Munetrix work? What can be customized? What needs to be done by the district to prepare to use the system? Is the system dependent on databases from other entities? If so, how so? Munetrix Presentation
November 16, 2018
A Conversation on Curriculum Adoption Process
At this meeting, districts shared the following documents related to the topic.
Dearborn Public Schools (Policies)
Role of Instructional Cabinet
Curriculum Review Model
Curriculuum Materials Review Process
Curriculum Materials Piloting Process
Adoption of Text Books
Garden City Public Schools
MAISA Reading Unit 6 Reflections - 4th Grade
Curriculum Review and Considerations
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
Curriculum Development Plan, 2017-2023
Roseville Community Schools
October 26, 2018
Introductory Presentation of Community Telecomunications Network by Carol Klenow, Senior Director, Educaiton Innovation and Programming. CTN is a collaboration of institutions with a mission to enhance learning through the use of telecommunicaitons and digital technologies. Grants are available to local school districts.
June 20, 2018
Michigan School Index Overview
School Index Overview presentation by by Mr. Chris Janzer of the Michigan Department of Education.
April 27, 2018
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
PLC 101 presented by Dr. Youssef Mossallam, Executive Director of Student Achievement and Scott Casebolt, High School Principal at Dearborn Public Schools
PLC Presentation by Kara Beal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Warren Woods Public Schools. Additional Warren Woods Public Schools handouts:
2018-19 PLC Guide Draft
The Five Habits of Effective PLCs
Excerpt-Warren Woods Evaluation Guide Data Rubric
District Student Achievement Team (DSAT) Data Review
DSAT – Data Review Summary Form (Draft)
Early Release Dates 2017-18
March 23, 2018
One -to-One Technology - Implementing a 24/7 device program and integrating curriculum with technology a presentation by Romeo Community Schools Tech Coach, Jason Frieling.
February 23, 2018
English Language Learners
Program and Services, CHS presentation by Dr. Hiba Kahil Elhajj, ESL Services Coordinator, Crestwood HIgh School, Crestwood School District.
Home Language Survey, Dr. John J. Tafelski, Director of Curriculum, Allen Park Public Schools
ESL Statistics Map Link, Department of Education
January 26, 2018
State Standards for Social Studies in the State of Michigan. The State and local intermediate school representatives in attendance who shared critical information on social studies:
Jim Cameron, MDE Social Studies Consultant, Office of Ed. Improvement & Innovation
Scott Koenig, MDE Social Studies Consultant, Office of Ed. Assessment & Accountability
Amy Bloom, Social Studies Consultant, Oakland Schools
Sean McBrady, Social Studies Consultant, Macomb ISD
November 17, 2017
Third Grade Reading Law Interpretation presentation by Mari Treece of Wayne RESA and Stephen Best, Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the MDE.
March 24, 2017
Addressing the Needs of LGBRQ Students: A Review of Issues Impacting School Safety & Academic Success presentation by Kim Phillips-Knope, Safe & Supportive Schools Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
January 27, 2017
K-12 Technology Intregration
Presentation by Kris Young, Director of Technology, Troy School District
November 15, 2016
Every Student Succeeds Act/State Plan
Office of Field Services - MAS/FPS Regional Presentation
Link to MDE-OFS web page
Under Tools and Resources:
- 2016-17 Consolidated Application Important Information. First section refers to Homeless then everything you wanted to know about working with PNPs. The very last section is about the District Improvement Plan – our review protocol.
- OFS District Monthly Activity Organizer
- Technical Assistance for Working with Private Nonprofit Schools
Presentation by Margarita Frommert, Education Consultant, Michigan Deparment of Education, Office of Field Services.
Understanding 3rd Grade Reading - PA 306 of 2016
MI-MAISA Summary HB 4822 Third Grade Reading
This is the link to the MDE Early Literacy page, click on Early Literacy Grants at the bottom of the page to get information about various grants and resources.
Presentation by Joan Lessen-Firestone, Ph.D., Director, Early Childhood, District and School Services,Oakland Schools
October 28, 2016
Sarah Thaler of the College Board
September 23, 2016
Oakland Community College/Walled Lake College Readiness Program Presentation
Dr. Carolyn Brown, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
February 26, 2016
Google Classroom Integration - Elida Harris, Jennifer MacDonald and Karen Geldner – Van Dyke Public Schools
Google Pilot 2016 Presentation
Blending BYOD with District Devices - Carlos Lopez, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Elson Liu, Director of Integrated Technology Systems, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
January 22, 2016
Sarah Thaler, Director of Michigan SAT Implementation, shared information about the new SAT.
SAT update for Council of Academic Leadership
Jennifer Banks, Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Facilitator, Southfield Public Schools, shared information regarding how Southfield Public Schools is incorporating the Khan Academy.
Incorporating Khan Academy into the Classroom Experience
UHSA Khan Academy Monitoring Guide - Phase Two (November)
April 29, 2016
Mr. Sam Sinicropi, MDE Consultant for Curriculum, gave a presentation on “Using Student Learning Objectives to Demonstrate Student Growth in the Teacher Evaluation Process.”
Student learning objectives (SLOs) are one way to measure individual teachers’ contributions to their students’ learning growth. The SLO process is a “participatory method of setting measurable goals, or objectives, based on the specific assignment or class, such as the students taught, the subject matter taught, the baseline performance of the students, and the measurable gain in student performance during the course of instruction.” This method is an alternative to the more generally used value-added modeling with standardized test scores, which may not be available or appropriate for all teachers and subjects.
Student Learning Objectives: One Element of the Educator Effectivness Progam
ISD Training Grant - FAQ
ISD Regional Staffing Grant - FAQ
SLO Template Checklist
Measuring Student Growth: An Introduction to SLO
The Implementation of SLO - Recommendations for Decision Makers Handbook